CHAL­LENGE FOR PLAY­ERS OLD AND NEW

The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE -

A RE­VOLV­ING cast of play­ers presents new chal­lenges for strength and con­di­tion­ing coaches but for North­ern Pride’s Scott Cal­laghan it’s one of the perks of the job. Cal­laghan nom­i­nated dummy half Con­nor Jones, Bradley Stephen and Shawn Bowen as three play­ers he is ea­ger to push this pre-sea­son. But the chance to turn rookie Matt Laumea into an In­trust Su­per Cup beast has him par­tic­u­larly ex­cited. “Pull the string and let him go,” Cal­laghan said of the In­n­is­fail re­cruit. “His ef­fort is fan­tas­tic and if you wind him up, he’ll go crazy. “We’ll miss ‘Kaps’ (re­tired en­forcer Troy Ka­pea) this sea­son. He struck fear into other teams. Matty Laumea could pos­si­bly be that bloke be­cause he’s got that edge. “We didn’t see a lot of Bradley Stephen last year. He’s un­tapped as is Shawn Bowen who is a ter­rific ath­lete. “There are a cou­ple of young kids com­ing through. I’ll be in­ter­ested to see how they go.”

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